Knowledge & Research

Whither Globalization and Work?

The future of work in the face of globalization remains unknown. But the best way to equip workers for whatever globalization might render is by investing in their human capital,...

The New Year’s Upside of Falling Life Expectancy

For the third consecutive year, life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen.Welcome to the first full week of 2019. We hope you enjoyed some end-of-year rest and good cheer....

Where Is There Hope for a Kinder and Gentler Nation? In Prison.

The First Step Act, which sits before the U.S. Senate, would create more opportunities for rehabilitation in federal prisons.The world is rightly mourning the passing last Friday of...

How to Save Globalization

When it comes to globalization, building a lifelong ladder of opportunity for all citizens is imperative, say Slaughter and Rees.Here in the United States, next Tuesday, November 6, is Election...

Happy Fiscal New Year. And a Stormy One, Too.

"Fiscal 2018 was in many ways a disaster for the fiscal health of America—today and in the future," say Slaughter and Rees. Here in the United States, October 1 marks an...

The Economic Guns of September

The United States and China are on the brink of a major trade war. Here are three principles that should guide U.S. policy leaders’ statecraft at this precarious time...

Time for a Myspace Comeback?

It is no longer clear that users of Facebook benefit as they once thought they did—could there be a better way? Dean Matthew Slaughter and economist Matthew Rees weigh...

War and Peace

The President recently tweeted that trade wars are good and winnable. Slaughter & Rees argue that no country wins in a trade war.We your correspondents intended this March missive to...

Watch Policies, Not Performance

It is easier for government and policy leaders to implement pro-productivity policies in boom times.With the first month of 2018 now in the books, the world economy is turning in...

How to Select the World’s Most Important Economic Policy Maker

Economists Slaughter and Rees opine that for the next chairperson of the Federal Reserve Board, the president must nominate the candidate who exhibits the greatest capacity to learn.Sometime this...

The Ambivalent Median Household

The state of the median household in 2016, both in terms of income and net worth, was a glass half full and half empty: full relative to the recent past, empty...

The Only Thing That Could Salvage the Trump Presidency

"In the strongest organizations, employees trust each other: their motivations, their strengths and weaknesses, and their intentions," say two former White House employees. We two Matts have both worked in...

Who Is the Most Powerful of All?

While the U.S. is still perceived as the number one economic power in the world, the Pew Research Center finds that other nations, namely China, are gaining ground.Economic...

There Are Not Plenty More Fish in the Sea

With many of the planet’s fish populations at or approaching “biologically unsustainable levels” an intergovernmental mechanism that induces fishermen to internalize the harm they do by overfishing is needed...

India’s Tryst with Revolutionary Tax Reform

On July 1, India’s famously labyrinthine tax code was scrapped for a much simpler one that may unleash enormous potential. Among the seminal moments in India’s economic history,...

The Global Economy and Domestic Jobs

"Leaders in Washington should base their policy ideas on data and research, not anecdotes and assertions," say Slaughter & Rees.Since his earliest days, President Trump has voiced a widely shared...

The Paradox of Dynamism

Economic dynamism has historically brought an upward spiral of growth in productivity, opportunity, and thus incomes, but in the U.S., dynamism is fading. We live in an era of...

What So Many Miss about China

Entrepreneurs represent a vibrant and powerful force with great potential to reshape the Chinese economy.Say the phrase, “Chinese economy,” and in our home country of the United...